BEAVER DAM - A Missouri man in an allegedly stolen van was arrested Thursday after he injured Ecko, a member of the Mohave County Sheriff's K9 Unit, by striking him in the head multiple times with a rock, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Trish Carter.
Carl Eaves, 50, also allegedly kicked a deputy in the chest before he fled into the desert following a traffic stop at milepost 11 on Interstate 15 at about 4:15 p.m., according to Carter.
Shortly before the incident, dispatchers received multiple 911 calls regarding a reckless driver in a van on the interstate. Eaves was reportedly driving 90 mph in a 55 mph zone through the Virgin River Gorge and was cutting off drivers.
He stopped for deputies and a record check revealed the van was reported stolen. Eaves allegedly resisted when deputies attempted to take him into custody and reportedly refused to comply with their commands, said Carter.
Eaves allegedly kicked a deputy in the chest and ran several hundred yards into the desert, towards the Virgin River, when Ecko was released to chase him down, she said.
Eaves, said Carter, picked up a rock and struck Ecko in the head a number of times, drawing blood.
"Ecko continued to do his job while Eaves repeatedly struck him with the rock," said Carter.
A veterinarian in Mesquite, Nev., treated Ecko, who received several stitches, said Carter. Eaves was treated for bite wounds at the Mesquite hospital and then transported to the Mesquite jail.
With him was a reportedly intoxicated 19-year-old male who allegedly told deputies Eaves supplied him with alcohol.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety took over the investigation, said Carter.
Eaves faces felony charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, escape, animal cruelty and theft of means of transportation. He was also charged with misdemeanor reckless driving, DUI and providing alcohol to a minor.
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